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African American Alumni Council buries time capsule for Black History Month

The African American Alumni Council celebrated the burying of numerous artifacts and archives in the form of books, essays and files from as early as 1968 in the first time capsule buried at the University since 1999.

By Priya Ray, Staff Writer

February 28, 2020

The African American Alumni Council gathered Thursday to bury a time capsule containing artifacts from the legacies of African-American individuals at Pitt.

The Perch honors Black History Month through celebration of Afro-Caribbean food

The Flow Band, one of Pittsburgh’s oldest reggae bands, performed at the Perch on Thursday night as a part of the Perch’s Black History Month dinner.

By Sinead McDevitt, Staff Writer

February 25, 2020

When planning this year's Black History Month dinner, Pitt and its dining contractor Sodexo decided to focus on Afro-Carribean dishes, featuring food from Jamaica, Haiti, Trinidad, Barbados and other areas.

Black History Month events focus on past, present, future of black life

Rep. K. Leroy Irvis, former speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, delivers an address during the commissioning of the nuclear-powered attack submarine U.S.S. Pittsburgh.

By Grace Giglio, For The Pitt News

February 21, 2020

The organizers of this year’s Black History Month celebrations decided to honor the first and only black speaker of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives by naming the festivities after K. Leroy Irvis.

Catalog of visiting black poets’ work on display in Hillman Library

Colorful chapbooks — small collections of poetry centered on a theme — line the featured shelves in Hillman’s new African American poetry exhibit. The featured books were written and signed by black poets who have visited Pitt’s campus.

By Brenden Rearick, For The Pitt News

February 20, 2020

Colorful chapbooks — small collections of poetry centered on a theme — currently line the featured shelves in Hillman’s new African American poetry exhibit.

African American her-story: Author talks new book on history of black women in America

Author and historian Daina Ramey Berry came to Pitt to discuss her new book, “A Black Woman’s History of the United States,” on Tuesday.

By Nathan Fitchett, Staff Writer

February 19, 2020

Faculty, students and community members gathered on Tuesday afternoon to hear Daina Ramey Berry discuss her new book, “A Black Women’s History of the United States.”

Sodexo offers culturally diverse meals

A chef displays a chicken, quinoa and green bean dinner at Magellan’s in Market Central.

By Remy Samuels, Staff Writer

February 21, 2019

According to Sodexo district manager Abdou Cole, Sodexo made the move to represent different cultures as accurately as possible after listening to the demands of students.

SGB talks race, housing, sexual health

During his remarks, Executive Vice President Jahari Mercer held a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin, who would have been 24 today.

By Maureen Hartwell, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019

Jahari Mercer offered a moment of silence for the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin during his report at the Board’s weekly Tuesday meeting, the day Martin would’ve turned 24 years old.

Professor lectures about black Pittsburgh

Larry Glasco, an associate professor at Pitt’s department of history, gave a lecture called “The Best of Times: Black Pittsburgh During WWII” Wednesday night in Hillman Library. (Photo by Chiara Rigaud | Staff Photographer)

By Katie Gingerich | For The Pitt News

February 22, 2018

Larry Glasco — a Pitt history professor who mainly teaches about race, caste and the African-American experience in Pittsburgh — said he rarely gets to speak on topics that go beyond “uninterrupted discrimination and oppression.” But during a lecture Wednesday afternoon, he had the chance to f...

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